8/30/16 – 2:00 P.M.
The Hancock County Convention & Visitors Bureau is looking to build on the gains of the past year. CVB Director Alyssa Preston spoke to the Findlay Rotary Club Tuesday, saying that 2015 was a record year. Bed tax receipts were more than $577,000, and hotel stays topped 290,000.
Preston says one way to grow that number is to bring more small meetings to Findlay and Hancock County. She says that her office will work aggressively to have more groups host their meetings in our area.
Another driving factor behind the number of hotel stays is sports tournaments. Preston says the Ohio Golf Association’s Ohio Amateur tournament along with softball and baseball tournaments brought in more than $486,000 to the community.
Preston also says the CVB is increasingly reaching out to the rural community. Preston says one example of that effort was the launch of the “Heart & Soul” program in McComb.
She adds that of the more than 350 events the CVB assisted with last year, more than 70 were focused on rural areas.
Preston says her office plans to continue that effort going forward. She says they’ll be bringing county-wide event education and financial support for rural programming in the coming months.Read More →